p.2 The R. & O. Captains - At the meeting in Montreal on Wednesday of the directors of the R. & O. navigation company, it was decided to postpone the appointment of a captain for the steamer Passport until the next meeting. Capt. Craig may be enabled to again take command of the vessel. The officers who commanded the vessels during last year were re-appointed for the coming season. The Algerian will again be commanded by Capt. Dunlop; the Corsican, by Capt. Esford; the Spartan, by Capt. Grange; the Hamilton, by Capt. Baker. No appointment was made to the Columbian.
Action Postponed - amendment to the elevator bonus bill is unnecessary.
An early opening of navigation is generally expected. The Welland canal, it is believed, will be open on April 20th, almost a week earlier than usual.
On the 29th inst. scrubbers will be put to work on the steamers North King and Hero, preparing the woodwork for painters. The interior as likewise the exterior of the North King will be painted the same colors as used last season, white with silver trimmings and tinting of delicate pink and green. The last named steamer is booked to make her trip from this port to Charlotte on May 2nd. The Hero will start out on or about April 20th, her outgoing, of course, depending upon the condition of the ice.
May Be Built Here.
The R. & O. navigation company will, at as early a date as possible, award the contract for constructing two steel steamers, to meet the requirements of increased traffic. Both the new vessels will be considerably larger than any of those composing the company's present fleet, and will be placed in commission at the opening of the season of 1898.
One of the directors of the company informed a Whig reporter this morning that the company will, if possible, have the boats built in Kingston. Should the tender of a local firm for the contract be accepted, times will be lively here in the ship-building trade next summer, with the M.T. company's new composite barges and the R. & O. company's two passenger vessels in course of construction.